Grupo De Capoeira

Dendê - Halifax

Mestre Azeitona


about capoeira and our group

Capoeira is a beautiful Brazilian art form that mixes elements of martial arts, dance and music. It has existed for centuries and originally evolved out of the diverse African cultures present in Brazil as a result of slavery.  


In the context of colonial Brazil, Africans and the descendants of Africans created the ritual of capoeira as an expression of old traditions, as a joyful pastime and as a form of cultural resistance against oppression and racism. 

In a capoeira game two players exchange expressive, competitive movements to the sound of Afro-Brazilian percussion (berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque) and call and response songs sung in Portuguese. 


Training capoeira combines the skillful development of the body, with an immersion in the cultural and musical language of Brazil; Learning about capoeira teaches students a story of strength, creativity and resistance all intertwined with the African Diaspora. 


It offers something to absolutely everyone, no matter the age, level of experience, or physical ability.

Grupo de Capoeira Dendê was founded in Halifax in 2005 by Mestre Azeitona and Professora Paula. Their goal (along with their friend Mestre Fabinho Cuencas of Dendê do Recife - Ottawa) has always been to further develop capoeira in Canada and to emphasize the style and culture of their home: the province of Pernambuco in Brazil's Northeast.


Since 2007 the group’s work in Halifax has been led by their long-time student Cacuete (Ross Burns), now a veteran of more than 13 years teaching capoeira.

In the fall of 2020 Dendê Halifax has started again running weekly classes for students of all levels. If you have any questions get in touch.



!Friday Classes beginning the 9th of OCtober 2020!




6:00 - 7:30pm

Citadel Community Centre

At the North end of Citadel High School, between the Commons & Citadel Hill in Halifax

Breaking Circus Studio

If you are driving it is accessible from Barrington street and there is parking just in front of its red door. You can also get straight there from Brunswick street (between Cornwallis street & Portland place) via a stairway next to the Brunswick street mission, if you are on foot or on bike

* Everyone is always welcome! Generally classes run all year, but get in touch to be sure.

* No experience necessary to join (Classes are for all levels, ages ~12 years and up).

* No equipment needed. Just bring pants and a t-shirt to train in. We mostly train in bare feet, but light sneakers are an option too. 

*The cost is $15 for a single class. 

* Kid's class for 6-9 year old runs in 7 week sessions; Next session is on hold for the foreseeable future (pending COVID-19). Pay What You Can. Proceeds supports youth programs in Brazil. Suggested donation $84 for all 7 classes. No child turned away for lack of funds. Please get in touch for info (send an email to rllburns at gmail dot com to get on the email list) and stay tuned for future info.

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Phone or text: 902 431 9377

Cacuete & Mestre Azeitona